BOOZE

Tastier Than The Impending Election

Despite the gloomy title, things are looking up for the inner west, with providore Urban Food Market settling into permanent digs in Marrickville. Rather than having to brave the mushy markets during this inclement weather, you’ll now be able to visit them from 9am-1pm at the warehouse, just a few doors down from Bourke Street Bakery’s Marrickville café.

Ruby L’otel *UPDATED*

A working-class pub with a feminine touch: this Rozelle ‘local’ had a suffrage movement makeover. I dived into the Soft Shell Tacos ($20/4) choosing chicken, beef, fish and lamb, but wanting more.

Mamasan

Thankfully, Bondi’s only venue for Yum Cha get it spot on, offering it day and night so that locals never have to leave.

Bar Cha

Fed up with the strict hours of Yum Cha, the pushy trolley bidding, and the big noisy tables? Look beyond China Town to the phenomena sweeping Sydney that is Bar Cha. Combing booze and the bite size deliciousness of dumplings is a combination so good, I fear it could put Lazy Susans out of business. Here are my top picks:

China Doll

Curiosity drew me to this undeniably popular Finger Wharf entry, but I wasn’t sure quite what to expect!

Foodies’ Diary: Products & Potions

A fine selection of products and potions that caught my eye in the last week.

MissChu @ Opera Kitchen

Popularity can have its downside. I headed back to Opera Kitchen for an early pre-show meal intent on sampling the offerings of MissChu, only to find the store had sold out of almost everything!

The Eathouse Diner

Baseball caps at jaunty angles, skinny-leg jeans, a smattering of tattoos - and that’s just the customers! Despite attracting the instinctively hip, this organically kitsch diner decked out in turquoise and red puts out a come-as-you-are vibe.

Secret Sydney

From bars you enter by heading to the restrooms to pop-up cafes and markets, this week I’m all about delivering to you some of Sydney’s more secretive delights.

Churras *UPDATED*

“You’re new to Brazilian? Don’t worry, I’ll take care of you,” echoes from a neighbouring table. And take care of you is exactly the Brazilian passadores do; their skin glistening as they man the churrasco before a back-lit image of Christ the Redeemer.